good read, thanks for posting
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I tend to agree with Mayock more than any other draft analyst. He also comes off as the most genuine.
Wow. Not one sentence about Mallett.
Think he's way off on A. Dalton. Unless Dalton really improves his passes to the sidelines, I don't think he's even serviceable at the NFL level. I also don't see the arm strength that Mayock is claiming. Maybe he looks better in a camp setting? IDK.
A scout mentioned Mallett in passing - during the bit on Locker. Said he was natural - or something to that extent - in the pocket. If by natural he means lethargic, I agree.
It puzzles me a little bit, the more you read on Gabbert, there is a very negative opinion of him from a lot of people across the net. I don't see it. Every interview I have seen of the kid impresses me. One quote in particular really struck me, after they completed the regular season, he said something along the lines of having "10 perfect games, 2 bad ones" and this being from them finishing 10-2. He was a 5 star recruit out of High School, and stayed home at Missouri. That speaks to having some degree of loyalty, wherever you want to rank that on your list of priorities when evaluating talent. I tend to like that kind of stuff.
I certainly don't want anything to do with Mallett or Locker, and if I have to hang my hat between Newton and Gabbert, I am taking Gabbert everyday of the week. Both however need to be put into offenses built around them, not try and mold them into a certain style of offense. I am really interested to see what Mayock ends up saying about Gabbert, as Todd McShay being on the bandwagon sort of scares me a little bit, lol.
Ryan Mallett can get the ball out. It's when he gets pressured that he breaks down and makes terrible decisions. The scout is right, Locker just looks nervous back there in the pocket the whole time. Mallett is smooth until you pressure him and then it's hold your breath time.
One issue in quoting people about a guy like Cam Newton is, which tape did they watch? I don't know which games that NFC scout watched of Newton's, and that's a problem because if you watched his early games you'd come away thinking much differently than if you watched his last three games. The learning curve was that steep. Early in the year he was absolutely right, seemed like Newton had to wait for a guy to get open to hit him. Late in the year? Not at all.
I felt like they agreed with a lot of the things I'd been thinking...they're not high on Locker. I don't see what Mike Mayock sees in Andy Dalton and I think he breaks down during a game especially if he tries to hit the perimeters. His ball placement is spotty as well. They see exactly what I see in Gabbert but when they make the comparison of him to a not-as-strong Roethlisberger or Freeman, well personally that's one of the reasons why I've been comparing him with Aaron Rodgers instead of those two guys (that and his lack of deep ball, which the scouts felt Rodgers lacked coming out). But they say he's the #1 QB and I have to agree. When I looked at him a few weeks ago, that's what I saw. I didn't see some borderline 1st or 2nd rounder that "will be drafted too high cuz of reaches" as Omar Kelly (oh he of the draft wisdom) recently put it. I saw a guy I said was a better prospect than Matt Stafford was coming out.
It's funny because as for the rest of it, everything specific they kept talking about, agrees with everything I've been thinking. But, their overall conclusions, mostly crying poormouth about the talent in the Draft class...I couldn't agree with. I mean, I agree with Mayock I don't think I have a single senior RB, TE or WR in the 1st round. And while he's wishy-washy on senior QBs, I'm not...I don't have one before the 3rd round I don't think. But, I still like this Draft class. I think it's a deep class. I remember the talent at the Shrine Game last year...this year I think it's better.
Some of the best players in the draft are selected slots 30-70 every year, and while the upper echelon of guys at the top may not be as good as years past, I think there is very good depth in this draft. It is important to remember how much the game is shifting towards a situational game, and players should be evaluated accordingly.
Take a guy like Dontay Moch from Nevada. He could go in the 2nd round, or fall towards the end of the 3rd round, depending on a run at a certain position, all-star workouts. There are a ton of factors to be taken into account. But if he were there at 79 for us, he'd be incredibly hard to pass up if we were to use him right. If you can get a guy and be able to use him to do what he absolutely does the best, it can be an excellent pick. The list of guys who excel in one area, but struggle in others, is a long one in this draft. A pass rushing demon to add to Mike Nolan's defense would be a really valuable addition to this football team, even if you take him 15 picks ahead of where you have him slated going in. If you can identify your major areas of weakness, you really help yourself out. I like Derrick Locke a lot out of Kentucky, but only if we have a role in mind for him and are able to put him in a position to succeed. Look at how differently the Pats use Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. Same position, but two different skill sets. The good teams find a way to get these guys and help them exceed. Mike Wallace with the Steelers, Jimmy Graham with the Saints. We could do this all day. I think this draft is very strong in situational guys, and that is not necessarily a bad thing.
I have been telling you guys (as well as CK) Gabbert is our guy!